"Ideas that can be adapted to farms to any size" will be presented at the 2013 Midwest Manure Summit, according to the sponsors of the event, which will be held on Tuesday and Wednesday, Feb. 26- 27, at the Radisson Hotel and Conference Center.
How to reduce odor and emissions from manure storage facilities on Midwest dairy farms will be the topic for University of Nebraska - Lincoln Professional Engineer Richard Stowell in the opening session at 10 a.m. on Feb. 26.
Then Keri Cantrell of the U.S. Department of Agriculture's agricultural research service will describe the use of biochar made from dairy manure as a phosphorus fertilizer.
Following a one-hour virtual tour presentation, the afternoon program that day continues with two sets of concurrent breakout sessions.
The topics include how to assess hazards in manure storage and handling systems, phosphorus removal from manure, the economics of manure biodigesters, controlling the sand inventory by having cleaner and drier sand, techniques on sand separation, and the manure management program on the Rosenholm-Wolfe Dairy facilities at Cochrane and Waumandee.
The closing program on opening day will be a review by Mark Borchardt of the U.S. Forage Research Center of the impact of the pathogen load in manure.
Another presentation on manure odor control, this time by Purdue University Biological Engineer Al Heber, kicks off the program at 8 a.m. on Feb. 27. Then myths and misconceptions about biodigesters will be discussed by Daniel Zitomer of Marquette University.
A breakout session will offer presentations on new technologies for mitigating manure emissions, the effects of manure treatment on the availability of phosphorus and potassium, and design options for manure storage facilities.
The morning program concludes with a review of the linkage between dairy manure management and protection of natural resources given by Natural Resource Conservation Service Engineer John Ramsden.
Another virtual tour presentation will follow the noon luncheon. The conference then winds up with Marcia Endres of the University of Minnesota reporting on what has been learned about using recycled manure solids for livestock bedding.
Registrations are due by Monday, Feb. 18. Online registration is available on the www.midwestmanure.com
For more information about conference, which is being coordinated by the University of Wisconsin Extension Service, call Mark Hagedorn in Brown County at 920-391-4612 or Abby Huibregtse in Oconto County at 920-834-6845. Brochures are available in many county Extension Service offices.